At the re-opening of the Sharjah Classic Cars museum. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Sharjah: Entry to the newly reopened Sharjah Classic Cars Museum will be free until January 31.

The museum was reopened on Monday by Shaikh Essam Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Ruler’s Office in Sharjah. The museum was first opened in 2008 by His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

The museum features 85 classic cars, two motorcycles and five bicycles, as well as a model of an old car and an engine to allow visitors to become better acquainted with parts of an engine and how they function. The displays are of different brands and manufactured between the years 1915 and the late Eighties.

It has been refurbished to better present the historical phases of the auto manufacturing sector, and display the most famous classic cars of the early 20th century.

Manal Ataya, Director-General of Sharjah Museum Department (SMD), said the aim of refurbishing this museum was to “allow us to re-evaluate the previous design and interpretation and improve it significantly.”

The renewed museum enables visitors appreciate the aesthetic and historical value of classic cars in a space that integrates a new children’s interactive area and a gallery space for temporary exhibitions.

The museum is divided into five sections, four of which are about the development of cars and the automobile industry, while the fifth one is dedicated to displaying special cars on loan from the public, in addition to an area specifically allocated for activities and interactive games.

There are different galleries, one shows cars manufactured between 1915-1939 on display, such as the model T Ford, Rolls Royce 25/30, and Fiat, while there another displays cars made between 1940-1959, such as the Cadillac Fleetwood and Stood Baker Wood, Riley RM, Bentley Mark VI, and Chevrolet Bel Air.

A third gallery features cars manufactured between 1960-1987 such as the Mercedes Bolman, the car of His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, as well as a Ford Mustang, a MG Midget, and a Volkswagen Beetle.

There is a hall especially for large cars used in the UAE, such as the Jeep Land Rover, Nissan Patrol, Renault Van, and Chevrolet Tanker Truck.